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[Chan Rev. An actfor continuing an act entitled P. us.] ^ ac£ fo revwe and amend an act

entitled An act to make provision for the support and maintenance* of ideots, lunaticks, and persons of unsound minds.

Actprovid. i. WHEREAS the act of assembly, passed in the

pm,tof idiots year one thousand seven hundred and seventy eight,

and lunatics, entitled "An act to revive and amend an act entitled

further con- An act to make provision for the support and main

tinuea. tenance of ideots, lunaticks, and persons of unsound

minds," will expire at the end of this present session

of assembly, and it is necessary the same should be

continued, Be it therefore enacted by the General As

sembly, That the act entitled "An act to revive and

amend an act entitled An act to make provision for

the support and maintenance of ideots, lunaticks, aiid

persons of unsound minds," shall continue and be in

force, from and after the expiration thereof, for and

during the term of one year, and from thence to the

end of the next session of assembly.

further al- ??• *^n^ ^e ^ further enacted, That the farther sum iDwance for of fifty pounds shall be allowed and paid for the main*

support of tenance and support of each person in the publick hospatients, TM *

. * The words *' and maintenance" omitted in the ori^nal, evidently by mistakej but inserted in Chan. Rev. p, 118,

r*T1 AP "VT IT See Revised

CHAP. AL.ll. Mil* of 1779

p. 60.

An act to suppress excessive gaming, i^*A-Rev,

1. BE it enacted by the General Assembly, That Contracts every promise, agreement, note, bill, bond, or other for paying contract to pay, deliver, or secure money or other TMon ^y' &c* thing won, or obtained by playing at cards, dice, ta- ^voif*m* bles, tennis, bowles, or other games; or by betting or laying on the hands or sides of any person who shall play at such games; or won or obtained by betting or laying on any horserace, or cockfighting, or at any Other sport or pastime, or on any wager whatsoever, or to repay or secure money or other thing lent or advanced for that purpose, or lent or advanced at the time of such gaming, sporting, or wager, to a person then actually playing, betting, laying, or adventuring, shall be void, Any conveyance or lease of lands, tea- Conveyan^ ements, or hereditaments, sold, demised^ or mortga- ces to seged; and any sale, mortgage, or other transfer of slaves, ^s^won* or other personal estate, to any person, or for his use, enure to the to satisfy or secure money or other thing by him won benefitofth? of, or lent, or advanced to, the seller, lessor, or mort- loser'sheir' gager, or whereof money or other thing so won, or lent, or advanced, shall be part or all of the consideration money, shall inure, to the use of the heir of such mortgager, lessor, bargainer, or vender, and shall vest the whole estate and interest of such person in the lands, tenements, or hereditaments so leased, mortgaged, bargained, or sold, and in the slaves or other personal estate, so sold, mortgaged, or otherwise transferred, to all intents and purposes in the heir of such lessor, bargainer, mortgager, or vender, as if such lessor, bargainer, mortgager, or vender had died intestate.

II. If any person by playing or betting at any game Penalties «& or wager whatsoever at any time within the space of those who twenty four hours shall lose or win, to or from another, pl»y or bet a greater sum, or any thing of greater value than five waleTM* °? pquncta the loser and winner shall be rendered incapable of holding any office, civil or military, within the state, during the space of two years; and moreover shall be liable to pay ten shillings in the pound, for every pound over and above the said sum of five

pounds, \vhicli he shall so win or lose; and upon in formation thereof made to any copnty court, and due proof thereof had, such county court shall levy upon the goods and chattels of the offenders, the fullpenalty incurred, to be applied to lessening the levy of the county wherein such offence shall, be committed; and uppn a conviction before such county court, shall incur jthe forfeiture hereby inflicted, and be ipso facto deprived of his office aforesaid, Any person who'shall bet or play for money or other goods, or who shall bet on the hands or sides of those who play at any game in a tavern, racefield, or other place of publick resort, shall be deemed an infamous gambler, and shall not be eligible to any office of trust or honour within this state.

Penalty on m. Any tavern-keeper who shall permit cards, dice, tavern keep- kij|iarcjs or anv instrument of gaming to be made use

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ting, gaming, of in his house; or shall permit any person to bet or in their hou- play for money or other goods, in any outhouse, or *"?, under any booth, arbour, or other place, upon the

messuage or tenement he possesses^ and shall not make information thereof, and give in the natnes of the offenders to the next court which may belieW for the county, city, or borough wherein he resides, shall be deprived of his license, and moreover shall pay to the informer, one hundred pounds, to be recovered by ac* tion of debt, tn any «eaurt^of records

rower of ^' ^wo $ ast*ces °£tne P€a€e raay ^tese «ny p^vistices of son not ^possessingavisible estate, nor exereisfogmme peaae to lawfal trade ar profession/ who shall be suspmedftfey atertfo^e'ir tnem ti) support*Jiimsefffor the most part, by gaming^ behaviour, to come or be brought before them, and if the suspicion shall appear upon examination to be well founded, may require security of him for his good behaviour, during the term of twelve months, and if before the expiration thereof, he shall play for or bet any money or other thing, at any game whatsoever, he shall be adjudged to haye broken the condition of his recognU fcance.

Lotteries fc y^ pfo persoil) jn order to raise money for himself "or another, shall publickly or privately put up a lottery of blanks and prizes, to be drawn or adventured for, or any prize or thing to be raffled or played for;, and whoever shall offend herein, shall forfeit the whole •sum of money proposed to be raised by such lottery.

raffling, or ,playing, to the use of the commonwealth. The presiding justice, as well In the general, as in all the interiour courts of law in this commonwealth, shall constantly give this act in charge to the grand juries of their courts at the times when such grand juries shall, be sworn. This act shall commence and be in force, from and after the first day of March next


An act for the relief of Christopher

WHEREAS it is represented to this present gene- christophe? ral assembly, that Christopher Godwin did on the third Godwin,reday of May oni* thousand seven hundred and seventy j^*-^1 two^ lease a certain house, garden, and pasture, lying inNansein the county of Nansiemond, unto John Hamilton, for mond, Icaathe term of twenty years, paying annually on the first ^dj£ft°^ day of May the sum of ten pounds, wherein was in- who ^ad serted a clause, that if no distress should be found on joined the the premises for the space of the said twenty years, it should be lawful for the said Christopher Godwin to ire-enter. .

.And whereas the said John Hamilton having about the ninth day of April one thousand seven hundred and seventy five, privately removed from this state and joined the subjects of his'Britannick majesty, leaving no effects on the premises, and his property real and personal hath since been escheated and forfeited to the commonwealth, whereby the said Christopher Godwin is likely to lose the arrears of rent as well as those which might hereafter become due; for remedy whereof, JBe it enacted, That the said house, garden, and pasture shall, and the same are hereby declared to* be revested in the said Christopher Godwin.


An act to amend an act entitled An act to increase the salaries of the clerks to th& auditors of publick accounts.

cierto^'aS- WHEREAS the salaries allowed to the clerks of ditors' office tne auditors of publick accounts by an act entitled , "An act to increase the salaries of the clerks to the

auditors of publick accounts," have been'found inadequate to their services; Be it enacted by the General Assembly, That the additional sum of four hundred pounds per annum shall be given to each of the re* spective clerks aforesaid.


An act concerning the naval office of the district of South Potowmack.

rfadiitri5Cof WHEREAS it .hath been represented to this present

South Poio- general assembly, that it will be expedient that a naval

mac, to ap- office should be kept in the upper part of the district

point a de- of south Potowmack; Be it therefore enacted. That

^MeinMcx- l^e nava^ officer of the said district be empowered, and

andrla. he is hereby required to appoint a deputy to reside in

the town of Alexandria, there to keep an office for the

entering and clearing of vessels, in like manner, as

such naval officer might or ought to do if personally


Provided nevertheless, That an office shall continue to be kept in the lower part of the said district, where a general r c? ter shall be made of all vessels trading to the said district*

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